• J Ore
    J Ore

Areas of Expertise

Lighting and Sound Design, Stage Management



John Ore is in his eighteenth year as Director of Technical Operations for the Sarofim School of Fine Art. He also serves as professor for the Theatre Department. His primary teaching areas include lighting design, sound design and stage management. After receiving the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1985, John spent four years designing lights and supervising the Electrics shop at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He then served as Lighting Director/TD for two national tours, one of which included stops in Leningrad, Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities. Mr. Ore began teaching technical theatre at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, where he later became a member of Actors Equity union while working as production stage manager for the Houston Shaw Festival. A recipient of the coveted Mundy Award, John served as a Paideia professor during the first four years of this unique Southwestern academic initiative.


B.A., M.F.A., University of Tennessee 1985


Department of Theatre
August 01, 2010 - present

Director of Technical Operations

August 01, 1992 - present

Teaching Philosophy

I try to provide a number of ways to succeed in my courses. My course writing assignments, projects and tests are plentiful and often weighted evenly. I demand active participation from everyone in the classroom and I enjoy differences of all kinds.

Previous Courses

Paideia First Year Seminar “The Theatre of Rock n Roll” Fundamentals of Design Audio Technology and Design Advanced Lighting Design Stage Management

Professional Work

Recent Free-lance Professional Design Work

Lighting Design for The Music Man, Zilker Theatre Productions, Summer 2009

Lighting Design for Romeo and Juliet, Austin Shakespeare, May 2009

Lighting Design for Petra’s Sueno, Rollins Theatre at the Long Center, Summer, 2008

Lighting Design for My Favorite Year, Zilker Hillside Theatre Productions, Summer, 2007

Lighting Design for Debussy Evening, U. Texas Opera Theatre, November, 2006

Lighting Design for American Fiesta, (AEA), McCullough Theatre, October, 2006

Lighting Design for American Fiesta, (AEA), State Theatre, August, 2006

Lighting Design for Twelfth Night, State Theatre Company, Austin (AEA), Spring, 2006

Lighting Design for Hamlet, (AEA) Austin Shakespeare Festival (AEA), Fall, 2005

Lighting Design for Annie Get Your Gun, Zilker Hillside Theatre Productions, Summer, 2005

Lighting Design for Midsummer Night’s Dream, Austin Shakespeare Festival (AEA), October 2004

Lighting Design for The Death of Ivan Illyich, (AEA-world premiere) Denison University April 2004

Lighting Design for Voice of the Whale, ACS New Music and Technology Workshop, July 2003

Lighting Design for Word and Thought, Waller Creek Auditorium, July-August 2003

Lighting Design for Klezmatics concert at Agudas Achim synagogue, Dell campus- January, 2002

Lighting Design for Grease!, Summer Stage Repertory 2002

Sound Design for Alice In Wonderland, Summer Stage Repertory 2002


Panelist: Theatre’s Ecological Footprint, “Our Future Looks Bright, ’cause it’s filled with LEDs,” New York City, August 2009, ATHE.

Poster presentation: “What’s black and white to you is value to me” ATHE, Denver, 2008

Paper: “The Dramaturgy of Light,” USITT; Designer as Dramaturge-Addressing the scholarship of design, Houston, 2008

Paper: “The Dramaturgy of Light” Design as Dramaturgy: from Caspar Neher to Robert Wilson. New Orleans, 2007.

Co-Contributor: “LEDs: Coming to a theatre near you” with junior theatre major Mindy Griffin ACS Drama Workshop, Furman University, June, 2006.

Session Chair: Roundtable Session on Stage Management, Texas Educational Theatre Association,

Focus Group Representative for Design and Technology (2005-2006), Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Focus Group Conference Planner (2002-2003), Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Panelist: “Value Added” Design and Technology Panel Session- ATHE Conference in Toronto, July 2004

Contributor: Automated Lighting Demonstration/Workshop, ACS Drama Workshop, Trinity University, June 2004 with Melanie Sowa and Leia Crawford

Presentation: Independent Studies of Lighting Rendering Software, ACS Drama Workshop, June 2003

Participant: Design and Technology Focus Group Panel Session Panel Session ATHE July 2001

Co-coordinator and Participant: Design and Technology Focus Group Panel Session ATHE July 2000

Participant: Design and Technology Focus Group Panel Session Panel Session ATHE July 1999

Presentation: “The Care and Feeding of your Stage Manager”, TETA, 1992


Member: Actors Equity Association (since 1992)

Member: Texas Educational Theatre Association (since 1991)

One-Act Play Contest Critic Judge: University Interscholastic League- Theatre (since 1991)

Member: United States Institute of Theatre Technology (since 1985)

Member: Association of Theatre in Higher Education (since 1999)

Member: Austin Circle of Theatres (since 2001)

Member: Southeastern Theatre Conference (since 2003)